Despite the disappointment, slugger Giancarlo Stanton has given Marlins fans plenty to gush over.
After hitting another mammoth homer at Coors Field, Stanton hopes to continue his power surge in Denver on Saturday night.
Sitting 20 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East and 12 1/2 back in the wild-card race, Miami (54-66), which expected to contend this season, is already relegated to playing out the string. One of the few things to get excited about for the Marlins, though, has been witnessing the sheer power of Stanton.
After homering in Thursday's 5-3 series-opening loss, Stanton crushed a ball an estimated 474 feet in Friday's 6-5 win."It's the farthest one I've hit up here," he said. "When you play in a park like that you don't have to do too much to get it out."
Stanton has now homered in each of his five career games at Coors Field to join Jeff Kent as the only visiting player to hit a home run in five consecutive games there.
Stanton's 23rd homer wasn't just long, though, it tied the score at 5 in the sixth. The Marlins went ahead later that inning on John Buck 's run-scoring double lifting Miami to its second win in six games."This kid, every time he's at the plate he's in scoring position, especially this park," Ozzie Guillen said of Stanton, who is batting .306 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 10 games since missing a month recovering from right knee surgery.
Stanton will try to continue to take advantage of Denver's thin air against probable starter Tyler Chatwood (3-2, 4.28 ERA), who has surrendered three homers in 16 1-3 innings at Coors this year.
The Rockies (45-72), owner of the NL's second-worst record, had their four-game winning streak end Friday. They finished with 12 hits, but 11 were singles.
Eric Young Jr. accounted for two of those singles, and has hit safely in 10 of 11 games, batting .469 with three home runs, seven RBIs and 12 runs. He'll be getting his first look Saturday at Nathan Eovaldi (3-8, 4.28), who has repeatedly found himself pitching out of trouble.
Against Philadelphia on Monday, Eovaldi gave up eight hits and three walks in five innings, but was able to limit the damage, permitting three runs in a 4-0 loss. In three starts this month, the right-hander has surrendered 20 hits while walking 10 in 12 innings.
It was more of the same in his lone start of the season against the Rockies on June 3, when he allowed three runs, five hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings of a 3-2 loss for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors.
Eovaldi won't have to face slugger Carlos Gonzalez , who was placed on the bereavement list Saturday after the death of his grandfather in Venezuela. Gonzalez won't be eligible to rejoin the Rockies until Tuesday's game in New York.
His absence could hurt the support given to Chatwood, who has a 0.82 ERA in winning his last two starts after a shaky first one Aug. 5 in a loss to San Francisco. Against Milwaukee on Tuesday, the righty gave up two runs and four hits in six innings of an 8-6 final.
|August 13, 2012||Nick Green||15-Day DL||Sprained left thumb|
|August 04, 2012||Donnie Murphy||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|August 04, 2012||Emilio Bonifacio||15-Day DL||Sprained left thumb|
|August 03, 2012||Emilio Bonifacio||Day-to-Day||Left game - left thumb sprain|
|July 29, 2012||Logan Morrison||60-Day DL||Right knee inflammation|
|July 23, 2012||Juan Carlos Oviedo||15-Day DL||Right elbow sprain|
|August 14, 2012||Drew Pomeranz||Day-to-Day||Chest soreness|
|August 06, 2012||Todd Helton||60-Day DL||Torn labrum, right hip|
|August 06, 2012||Edgmer Escalona||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 04, 2012||Jonathan Sanchez||15-Day DL||Left biceps tendinitis|
|August 01, 2012||Todd Helton||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|August 01, 2012||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Flu-like symptoms|
DENVER (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton is breaking records at Coors Field. He also might be breaking windshields.
Stanton homered for the sixth straight game at Coors Field and the Miami Marlins held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 Saturday night.
Nathan Eovaldi pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Bryan Petersen had three hits for the Marlins. Jose Reyes and Gorkys Hernandez added two hits each.
The Marlins said Stanton became the first player in major league history to homer in his first six games in a particular park, according to information provided to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau.
"I thought I was just going for here," Stanton said of the record. "That's pretty cool. Anytime you do something no one's ever done in the big leagues it's something pretty cool."
His drive Saturday traveled an estimated 448 feet, and combined with Friday's shot to center he has covered approximately 920 feet on his last two homers at Coors Field.
He tied the game Friday with his 474-foot homer. He capped a four-run first inning Saturday with a three-run shot onto the concourse in left field. It bounced into the Rockies' players parking lot, which brought up the possibility of his blast damaging a car.
"Hopefully not, but if there is I'm not paying for it," he said.
It was Stanton's 24th of the season gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead against Tyler Chatwood (3-3).
Reyes made it 6-0 in the second with a two-run triple down the left-field line.
"The two big pitches I messed up on were the two to Reyes," Chatwood said. "(The one to Stanton) was actually a good pitch and off the plate. He put a pretty good swing on it."
Stanton was ready for an inside pitch, and when he saw the 95 mph fastball, he jumped on it.
"I knew he was going to come in to get the double play or not let me get extended with guys on first and second and less than two outs," he said. "He came up and in first pitch, so I figured he was going to repeat it."
Eovaldi (4-8) didn't give up a hit until Michael Cuddyer 's single in the fourth. He allowed one run on six hits, walked four and struck out three in 6 2-3 innings.
He left after giving up a two-out single to Rutledge and a walk to Fowler. Chad Gaudin came on and got Cuddyer to ground out to end the seventh.
It was Eovaldi's longest outing since May 29 when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers .
"This kid only needs to throw strikes," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's got a great arm. He's got a good idea of what he wants to do. It's a process."
He also got some defensive help when Stanton made a diving catch on Jordan Pacheco 's liner into right to save a run.
"I paused, took maybe a half-step in. I didn't get the best read on it but I tracked it down and snagged it," he said. "It's what helps win games, the little things."
Tyler Colvin had three hits and three RBIs while Josh Rutledge and Dexter Fowler added two hits apiece for the Rockies.
Colorado chipped away and nearly came all the way back. Colvin hit an RBI double in the fourth before Pacheco had an RBI double and Chris Nelson a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 6-3.
Colorado cut it to one on Colvin's two-run single in the ninth before Steve Cishek got Pacheco to ground out for his ninth save.
"I kick myself for the seventh when Wilin (Rosario) led off with a double and I didn't do my job," Colvin said. "We're always going to battle back."
Cuddyer left the game in the eighth after aggravating his right oblique, an injury that cost him 11 games earlier this month.
"It's most likely a DL situation," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Chatwood allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings.
NOTES: The Rockies placed OF Carlos Gonzalez on the bereavement list due to the death of his grandfather in Venezuela. Colorado recalled OF Charlie Blackmon from Triple-A to fill the roster spot. ... Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (pectoral nerve irritation) is expected to start against the Mets in New York on Tuesday. ... After the game the Marlins optioned OF Scott Cousins and designated Gil Velazquez for assignment. They will activate OF Emilio Bonifacio and INF Donnie Murphy from the disabled list Sunday to fill the roster spots. ... Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (7-9) is scheduled to face LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-7) in Sunday's series finale.